Mother of five Ayisa Bombu, 35, lives in the Ghanaian city of Tamale. She is five months pregnant with her sixth child.
An intermittent piped water supply means Ayisa has to resort to fetching water from a large pond formed by a dam.
The water is pea green, flies are buzzing across the surface of the water, plants are growing in the water and garbage is strewn across the banks. There are cows drinking from the water and there are animal droppings everywhere.
Ayisa described how she felt about collecting water from here:
“There are days I can come here more than six times to fetch water. I live a mile from here. I have young children who help me with the water collection and other family who will help me when the new baby comes.
"We use this water for all domestic work when the pipes don’t work. You look at this water and you find it difficult to drink, but we are compelled to drink it sometimes.
"Even if you boil it it has a scum on top. When you look at this color you can’t think about drinking it without treating it so we put alum in it to clean it. Normally when we do this it gets a bit cleaner but there are still some particles in it. When it is very sunny the water has foam on top.
"In the dry season it dries up a bit. One year it dried up completely.
"I have to go home now to cook. I am the only woman in my house and I have so many domestic chores.”
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